My review. I’ve seen it 5 times now.

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2 Responses to Melancholia

  1. george says:


    I have seen it once and hope to see it again followed immediately by a viewing of Tree Of Life. What a marvelous philosophical debate the two movies (and their directors) engage in.

    Ian Marcus Corbin in his article: “Melancholia argues that reality, including life, is best understood in the light of death; The Tree of Life argues that reality, including death, is best understood in the light of life.”

    “The earth is evil, nobody will miss it.” – Justine (Melancholia)

    [Grace] “doesn’t try to please itself. It accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked.” [Nature] “only wants to please itself… finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it, when love is smiling through all things.” – Jack’s mother (Tree Of Life)

    For what little its worth, I count myself in the Tree Of Life camp.

    Now I’m going to read your review – again.

  2. sheila says:

    George – Yes, I definitely felt a current between Melancholia and Tree of Life – it would make a great (if exhausting) double feature. I’m kind of on the Melancholia side of things – and I think that’s one of the reasons why the movie hit me on such a profound level. I felt; “Yes. That is what it feels like.” One of the best movies about depression, and how it feels like it descends on you as an outside force, that I have ever seen.

    But I loved Tree of Life, too!

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